Hearing protection isn’t what I consider fun. Generally speaking, safety equipment is always a little hard to get excited about. It’s a necessary evil when you work around loud power tools or in a construction environment though, after all, no one wants to lose hearing due to loud saws or compressors right? What is fun though, is how ISOtunes took a product designed to protect your hearing and made it into a music playing, phone call taking multi-use tool. Today we are going to look at the newest offering in the ISOtunes lineup in the ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review.
ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review Overview
I first discovered ISOtunes at a local woodworking show in the Spring of 2018. There I was blown away with the entire idea of their earbuds that do so much more than simply play music. At the time their top of the line model was the ISOtune Pros, which went home with me that day. Dan also took a look at the ISOtunes headphones a while back and was a fan too. I used those earbuds faithfully for about 6 months, until one day they just disappeared. They weren’t perfect, but they were pretty awesome. Knowing my love of the Pro’s, I was eager to look at the Xtra’s which seemed to address a few of the concerns I had with my first pair. We will explore the key features of the Xtra’s and see how I thought they performed.
ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review Features
First and foremost the ISOtunes Xtra’s uses SafeMax Technology to achieve OSHA Compliance. Additionally, they are ANSI certified to 27 NRR. As well, ISOtune Xtra’s are also IP45 dust, sweat, and water resistant.
Bluetooth connectivity allows for easy pairing to your cell phone or Bluetooth capable device for easy music and phone call pairing up to 30 feet.
Easy to navigate control panel on the headphones allows for simple on/off operation as well as volume control. The other side of this panel, also has the mic.
The headphones are charged using an included USB port and provide up to 8 hours of talk or music playing time. ISOtune Xtra’s also provides 180 hours of standby time.
ISOtune’s provide sound for phone calls using their advanced mic, designed to block out surrounding noise to make clear calls despite surrounding noise.
Several pairs of interchangeable earplugs are provided to customize the headphones to the user’s comfort. Three sizes of foam, and three sizes of rubber flanged plugs. The foam earplugs provide superior protection and enhanced sound quality using heat-activated foam.
Magnetic earbuds provide several functions. While the buds connect to secure the headphones to your neck while not in use, they also allow music to be played/paused or answer and end phone calls.
ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review Performance
As I said earlier in the review, I was a huge fan of my ISOtune Pro’s. The small complaint I had would have been the way the earbuds attached. There was a bit of a learning curve to getting them to sit right and provide the best protection. Notwithstanding that, they are still an amazing product and one I used constantly until they mysteriously disappeared.
The Xtra’s compensate for that small issue and provide the additional benefit of the magnetic earbuds. I can’t tell you how many times headphones slip off my neck while I am between uses, and this eliminates that concern entirely. The sound quality is crisp and clear, making for a nice change of pace when in a noisy environment. Perhaps more impressive than the sound when listening to music, is just how clear phone calls were. Not only could I hear a caller well but they also have no issue hearing me.
ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review Value
The ISOtunes XTRA’s ring in at 79.99 and are available on Amazon.com. To me, these are more than worth it. With safety a huge priority these provide exceptional protection. The music and phone call sound quality is exceptional. These headphones are a favorite among landscapers and those in the construction industry and with good reason. While you can certainly find headphones that are less expensive, to me these are worth every penny for their quality. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional, these headphones don’t disappoint in sound or protection.
ISOtunes Xtra Headphones Review Final Thoughts
I have been a fan of Isotune’s since the first time I used them. The Xtra’s are no exception to my fandom. I have been blown away by the ability to make calls with little interference from surrounding noise. Additionally, I love music. If I am in the shop, or doing yard work, you will likely find me singing loudly to some rock music. Prior to discovering Isotune’s, this was accomplished with some risk. Traditional headphones may have provided the sound I wanted, but not the protection I needed. With ISOtunes, I don’t have to sacrifice hearing protection to jam out while working away. Add in great quality sound in this pair of Bluetooth headphones, and there is not much more I could ask for.